Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:56 UTC
Windows Yes, the day is finally drawing closer: the day Windows XP died. October 22, 2010 will be the final and definitive day for the venerable operating system, since OEMs will no longer be able to pre-load it on netbooks after that day. I might not make myself popular around here with this, but thank god, it's about time that pile of junk is taken behind the shed.
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XP wasn't as bad as all that
by eco2geek on Sat 12th Jun 2010 07:27 UTC
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From the perspective of this home user, XP was (and still is) pretty good. Although it should have come bundled with a software firewall and an antivirus app from the get-go. And if Microsoft were really serious about security, they wouldn't have disabled Windows Update for users of pirated copies.

Once you've gotten an OS set up the way you want it, know its ins and outs, and have been using it for years, it's hard to leave it behind. Fortunately, XP will run just fine on my new Linux box full screen in a VM, as others have mentioned. (Anyone have any experience using VMware Converter?)

What I find ridiculous is that I work for a large state agency (that will remain nameless) that's standardized on XP Pro, IE 6, and MS Office 2003. I guess they've written so many custom document creation macros for Word and so many custom web apps for IE 6 that they don't want to fix something that they don't think is broken. (And then there's the budget deficit...)

Since they just moved us worker bees from Dell pizza boxes with P4s and 512MB of RAM to Dells with quad-core CPUs and 2GB of RAM, they may actually be thinking of upgrading.

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